A mysterious titanium ball weighing 41 kg with Russian script on it was spotted recently on a beach in the Bahamas. The Russian text on the object notes it has a capacity of around 43 litre and temperature between -170C and -196C.
A strange titanium ball was spotted by a British woman on a beach in the Bahamas. She was walking on the beach with her family when she found it. They tried to move it, but they couldn’t. They took pictures of the ball and showed it to their neighbours. They realised it may be something significant.
She said: “We left the beach because it was getting late and went back the next day with a crew of friends to try to lift it off the beach. We stupidly forgot shovels so we had around six guys do a lot of digging.”
The 24-year-old woman told The Independent, “We went walking to a different spot than usual and I noticed this silver shiny moon thing poking out the sand,”.
“We could see the Russian writing on the side, so we started digging away to see more of it, which was a bit of a bold move given that we had no idea what it was.”
This is a 41 kg reflective ball that was discovered on a beach. This ball was poking out of the sand and noticed by the family. As per the experts, this ball can be a Hydrazine Propellant Tank for a spacecraft or satellite. Obviously, nobody is sure about how it came about.
Chairman of Virgin Galactic, Mark Morabito, said, he was “99 percent certain it is a hydrazine tank from a rocket of some kind”, which are used on unmanned rockets for satellite launches.
The Russian text on the object notes it has a capacity of around 43 litre and temperature between -170C and -196C.
Dr Martin Archer, UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellow said “it is clearly a Hydrazine Propellant/Bladder Tank”, which are “usually used on uncrewed spacecraft or satellites and squeeze propellant into rocket engines or thrusters.”
He said there is lack of evidence and it could have come from a defunct satellite.
He added: “But it may also have been a spare part that accidentally winded up in the ocean. Ocean currents are known to carry junk all around our planet, so it will be almost impossible to determine exactly what journey this tank has been on.”
Dr Sarah Hudspith, Associate Professor in Russian at the University of Leeds, said “the object may have originated from Cuba, given that Cuba was an ally of the Soviet Union, from which it obtained all kinds of equipment”.